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Faculty - ACT & SAT

Program Facilitator/Math Instructor

Tricia Werkheiser – Master’s Degree in Mathematics Education
Ms. Werkheiser taught mathematics at Pocono Mountain High School in Pennsylvania for 25 years, serving as Department Head for several of those years. She instructed all levels, but mainly focused on Advanced Placement Calculus. Ms. Werkheiser participated in a grant program, Classrooms for the Future. She has worked with the College Board, providing audits for both Calculus AB and BC, and regularly attended regional and national College Board conferences. Ms. Werkheiser facilitated AP seminars for 10 years. She also provided private tutoring lessons for over 20 years.

She has a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and a Master's in Mathematics Education. Ms. Werkheiser has an additional 60 credits in a variety of areas including instructional strategies, technology, inclusion, multiculturalism, cooperative learning and peer coaching. She has extensive professional development experiences in learning styles, differentiated instruction and outcomes based education.

English Instructors

Kari Case – Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary English Education
Ms. Case spent many summers in Charlotte as a child, she moved to Charlotte at the finish of her freshman year at Cazenovia College in Central New York. Ms. Case transferred to UNC Charlotte in 1993 and earned a Bachelor's degree in Secondary English Education. She looks forward to returning for her master's soon.

She has been teaching developmental English and reading courses at Central Piedmont Community College for ten years. In addition to college teaching experience, she has also taught middle school math and high school English. Ms. Case has been in the SAT community since 2007 when she began as a proctor for a nationally known SAT company. She quickly moved into teaching and then training many of the teachers for the Charlotte area center. Ms. Case regularly teaches testing skills and English skills in her classes. She enjoys helping students to analyze their strengths and weaknesses so tests can highlight their skills and knowledge.

Sarah Honeycutt – Master's Degree in Reading Education
Mrs. Honeycutt has been teaching high school English for thirteen years, first in Mohave Valley, Arizona and in Charlotte and Concord, NC since 2006. She earned her undergraduate degree in English Education with a minor in Educational Psychology from Ball State University in Muncie, IN. Later, she completed a Masters in Reading Education from UNCC, and then she went on to earn National Board Certification in English Language Arts. Mrs. Honeycutt incorporates effective test-taking skills into daily lessons as her students prepare for high-stake assessments such as state End-of-Course exams, the ACT, the SAT, the TEAS, and the GRE. She is excited to be part of a team working to help students increase their formal assessment scores as they prepare to be accepted into college, Master's programs, and successful futures.

Victoria Efird – Master's Degree in Higher Education/Reading
Ms. Efird earned her undergraduate degree in English Education at East Carolina University. She taught English at the middle school and high school level before starting her community college career at Central Piedmont Community College in the mid-1980s. She became the first fulltime instructor at CPCC's ABLE (Adult Basic Literacy Education) Center and represented Central Piedmont at the National Literacy Awards at the White House in Washington, D.C. Ms. Efird earned a Master's Degree in Higher Education/Reading from Appalachian State University while teaching fulltime at CPCC. Her diverse teaching assignments at the college have ranged from teaching inmates at Camp Green Prison to teaching onsite classes to employees of various Charlotte companies, including Duke Energy and Frito-Lay. Ms. Efird is currently a fulltime faculty member in the English Department at South Piedmont Community College and an adjunct Developmental Reading and Writing instructor at Central Piedmont Community College.

Ilana Jones – PhD Educational Studies/Adult Learning
Dr. Jones has worked as a part-time instructor at CPCC teaching developmental courses since 2005. She is also the Director of Title I Services for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Dr. Jones has been a K-6 classroom teacher, a middle school Language Arts teacher, and an Adjunct Professor at Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN. She has earned degrees in Education, History, Instructional Technology, and Adult Learning from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, East Carolina, University and Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Albertia Burgess - Master's in Criminal Justice
Ms. Burgess comes to us with over 10 years of experience in teaching various Language Arts related courses, ranging from Adolescent Literature to Strategic Reading. Having taught in both the public and state schools, her experience also includes exposure to students from a wide array of cultural, economic, and educational backgrounds. Her linguistic passions include project based learning and essay composition.

Kim Shropshire
Bio to come soon.

Math Instructors

Brenda Bridges-Jones - Masters Degree in Industrial Education
Ms. Bridges-Jones received both her Bachelor's degree in mathematics and her Master's degree in Industrial Education, concentrating in Graphic Arts, from Clemson University. She received her certification through a Professional to Classroom program. She has taken an additional 33 hours of graduate credit in education and math strategies. Ms. Bridges-Jones is AP endorsed for Calculus AB and AAP endorsed to teach gifted and talented students. She is certified as a Peer Mentor and is ADEPT and SAFE-T certified (Peer Evaluator). She has taught all high school math courses. She was a homebound instructor and an after school program tutor.

Allison Hahn - Master's Degree in Mathematics Education
Ms. Hahn is originally from Brookville, New York. She attended Clemson University for undergraduate degrees in both Mathematical Sciences and Secondary Education in Math. She moved to Charlotte after graduation and taught a wide range of math courses at a high school in Concord for six years. During this time, she received her Master's degree in Mathematics Education at UNC Charlotte. This led to a current full-time position as Teacher-in- Residence in the math department at UNC Charlotte. She enjoys teaching math in each of these various capacities. In her free time, she loves to travel, go to Panthers and Hornets games, and spend time with her dog, Koopa.

Christopher L. Gardner - Master of Science Degree, Mathematics – Concentration in Statistics
Mr. Gardner is originally from Burnettown, South Carolina. Upon high school graduation, he attended South Carolina State University and obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics in 1993. In 2007, he completed his Master's Degree in Mathematics with a concentration in Statistics from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has spent a little over 20 years working as a statistician in Corporate America working in various industries. In addition to working in Corporate America, Mr. Gardner has been teaching on the community college level for almost 10 years where he is currently an adjunct faculty member at Central Piedmont Community College and South Piedmont Community College where he teaches Statistics and PreCalculus. He also has three years of teaching high school mathematics as well. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and spending time with his family and friends.

Alexseil S. Parker - Master's Degree in Secondary Mathematics Education
Ms. Parker is originally from Rocky Mount, North Carolina.  Upon high school graduation, she attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCA&TSU) and obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering.  She spent over 10 years working as an Industrial Engineer in Automotive Manufacturing before deciding to change careers to become a Secondary Math Educator. She obtained a Master's Degree in Secondary Math Education from University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Outside of school, she enjoys reading and traveling.

Sydia Gayle-Fenner - Master's Degree in Integrating Technology
Sydia Gayle-Fenner, is a mathematics instructor at Central Piedmont Community College. She is a native of Jamaica West Indies, and has 20 years of experience teaching mathematics at the middle school, high school and college level both in Jamaica and the United States. She is equipped with a Bachelor's degree in mathematics, a Master's degree in Integrating Technology in the classroom and an educational specialist degree in mathematics. Sydia is a goal-oriented educator who believes that everyone has the ability to learn.

"My philosophy in life is that I was not placed on this earth just for myself. That, along with the great experience I had as a student are the main reasons I became a teacher. I enjoy teaching mathematics and I look forward to educating my students each semester."

Bridgette Jackson – Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration
Ms. Jackson earned her undergraduate degree in Mathematics at the University of New York at Buffalo. She taught math on the middle and high school level for fourteen years and is licensed in North and South Carolina. Ms. Jackson earned a Master's Degree in Higher Education with a concentration in Institutional Research from the American College of Education. Ms. Jackson loves to design clothes, travel, and write books in her spare time.

Science Instructors

Pat Alfarone – Doctor of Chiropractic
Dr. Alfarone has a MA in Education with a focus in the sciences. He currently teaches anatomy and physiology on the community college level and biomedical studies on the high school level. He is currently working on completing National Board certification. Prior to his educational career, Dr. Alfarone worked independently as a Chiropractic physician since 1994.

Chris Pouler – Doctorate in Science Education
Dr. Pouler received a BS in Microbiology from the University of Maryland. He also has a MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Catholic University, and a PhD in Science Education with a concentration in botany from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Pouler has 24 years of high school teaching experience. He has taught biology, earth science and environmental science. He worked as an Adjunct Professor in summer science workshops for teachers at Trinity University for 12 years, where he taught biology, chemistry, earth science and ecology. Dr. Pouler has been teaching at Central Piedmont Community College for seven years as an anatomy and physiology and biology instructor.

Shuangying Yu – Doctorate in Environmental Toxicology
Dr. Yu received a M.S. in Zoology from Southern Illinois University and a Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology from Texas Tech University. She has been teaching at Queens University of Charlotte and Central Piedmont Community College in the past few years as an adjunct faculty and she joined CPCC as a full time instructor in 2016. She has taught biology, anatomy and physiology, environmental science, and Science 101. Dr. Yu loves science and is very passionate about helping students understand science for their academic growth and career development.

Pierre Bizier - Doctorate in Physical Therapy
Dr. Bizier is an adjunct professor at CPCC teaching Anatomy and Physiology. He is originally from Watertown, Connecticut. He obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Connecticut and a doctorate's degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Hartford. After spending time as a physical therapist he decided to change careers to become a Biology Instructor. Outside of school, he loves traveling and is currently coaching a traveling youth hockey team out of Pineville, North Carolina.